2007 MotoGP Laguna Seca FP1 Times - Day 1

Conditions were more or less ideal for the first practice session at Laguna Seca. The usual suspects were in excellent form, although Casey Stoner took a while to get up to speed, but after 20 minutes or so, Stoner was bang at the top of the timesheets, a position he did not relinquish. Otherwise the Americans, or rather, the American regulars, were good, as expected, with John Hopkins and Colin Edwards being very fast right from the off.

The top 6 were all pretty close, with a gap after Chris Vermeulen down to 7th. Vermeulen took his time to get into his stride though, gradually climbing up into the top echelons. After their triumph of last week, the Repsol Hondas, reportedly fresh off re-signing their sponsor, are a way down the field. In theory, they should both be fast here, but theory is a very cruel mistress indeed.

The big excitement came early in the session, when Sylvain Guintoli messed up the Corkscrew, and fired through the gravel taking out Alex Hofmann. Hofmann was injured and taken to the medical center. No word yet on his condition.

Practice continues this afternoon.

1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'23.410
2 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'23.597 0.187 0.187
3 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.692 0.282 0.095
4 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'23.753 0.343 0.061
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'23.754 0.344 0.001
6 71 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'23.962 0.552 0.208
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET KAWASAKI 1'24.311 0.901 0.349
8 1 Nicky HAYDEN HONDA 1'24.516 1.106 0.205
9 4 Alex BARROS DUCATI 1'24.552 1.142 0.036
10 95 Roger Lee HAYDEN KAWASAKI 1'24.584 1.174 0.032
11 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'24.680 1.270 0.096
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'24.786 1.376 0.106
13 6 Makoto TAMADA YAMAHA 1'25.032 1.622 0.246
14 7 Carlos CHECA HONDA 1'25.097 1.687 0.065
15 56 Shinya NAKANO HONDA 1'25.370 1.960 0.273
16 17 Miguel DUHAMEL HONDA 1'25.550 2.140 0.180
17 13 Anthony WEST KAWASAKI 1'25.570 2.160 0.020
18 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI YAMAHA 1'25.745 2.335 0.175
19 80 Kurtis ROBERTS KR212V 1'26.058 2.648 0.313
20 66 Alex HOFMANN DUCATI 1'27.751 4.341 1.693

Circuit records:

Fastest Lap: Casey STONER 1'23.410 155.808 Km/h
Circuit Record Lap: 2006 Dani PEDROSA 1'23.333 155.952 Km/h
Circuit Best Lap: 2005 Nicky HAYDEN 1'22.670 157.203 Km/h
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